hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \
plural hypnoses\ hip-​ˈnō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypnoses (audio) \

Definition of hypnosis

1 : a trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
2 : any of various conditions that resemble sleep

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Examples of hypnosis in a Sentence

He underwent hypnosis to treat his fear of water. While under hypnosis, she described the horrific accident in detail.
Recent Examples on the Web The Alabama Board of Education in 1993 voted to prohibit yoga, hypnosis and meditation in public school classrooms. USA TODAY, "Sinking a ferry, lifting a yoga ban, limiting cash bail: News from around our 50 states," 10 Mar. 2020 Thinking too hard about this mass self-hypnosis leads to unpleasant, un-Disney thoughts. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "How I learned to survive Disney and love the Mouse," 5 Mar. 2020 But when a patient, under hypnosis, reveals a plot to kill a series of young women, Susanne is thrown into a deadly journey into the criminal underworld to prevent another innocent girl from being killed. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Queen of Hearts' Actress Trine Dyrholm to Star in Danish Series 'Face to Face'," 2 Dec. 2019 Her paper on enhanced story telling in hypnosis was published by the Guild. courant.com, "Nancy Lockhart," 1 Dec. 2019 Shakira tried hypnosis, meditation, and even holy water from the French city of Lourdes to try and repair her vocal cords Shakira has opened up about the trauma of losing her voice. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Shakira Opens Up About Suffering 'Depression' Due to Vocal Cord Hemorrhage: 'It Was Unbearable'," 11 Nov. 2019 Olafur Palsson, a professor of medicine and clinical psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, developed the first script, or protocol, for hypnosis treatment for IBS in 1995. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis," 7 May 2018 Yoga, along with hypnosis, meditation and guided imagery exercises, has been prohibited in the state’s public schools since 1993. al, "Yoga proposal would have lifted ban in Alabama schools," 6 Sep. 2019 Yoga, along with hypnosis, meditation and guided imagery exercises, has been prohibited in the state’s public schools since 1993. al, "Yoga proposal would have lifted ban in Alabama schools," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hypnosis

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypnosis

New Latin

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The first known use of hypnosis was in 1876

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25 Mar 2020

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“Hypnosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypnosis. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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hypnosis

noun
How to pronounce hypnosis (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hypnosis

: a state that resembles sleep but in which you can hear and respond to questions or suggestions

hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \

Kids Definition of hypnosis

: a state which resembles sleep but is produced by a person who can then make suggestions to which the person in this state can respond

hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \
plural hypnoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypnoses (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypnosis

1 : a trancelike state of altered consciousness that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
2 : any of various conditions that resemble sleep

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